Yellowstone National Park http://wyomingpublicmedia.org en Yellowstone Celebrates The Renovation Of Its Oldest Lodge http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/yellowstone-celebrates-renovation-its-oldest-lodge <p>Yellowstone Park is celebrating completion of a two year, 29 million dollar renovation of its oldest lodge: Lake Hotel. Now all of the Lake Hotel’s redecorated rooms are ready for guest now. Penny Preston reports people worked through two bitter winters to complete the project.</p><p>In 1889, 27 years before there was a National Park Service, construction began on Lake Hotel.&nbsp; It is Yellowstone’s oldest.&nbsp; Two years ago, reconstruction started.</p><p>“The old hotel had been touched pretty harshly over the years.</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 22:49:43 +0000 Penny Preston 60522 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Yellowstone Celebrates The Renovation Of Its Oldest Lodge Xanterra Changes Will Impact Cody Tourism http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/xanterra-changes-will-impact-cody-tourism <p></p><p>Yellowstone National Park lost two hundred cabins this spring. They were part of the park’s largest lodging complex. No, it’s not in the Old Faithful area, nor Mammoth. Penny Preston reports it’s in Canyon Village, where the park’s biggest hotel once stood.</p><p>PENNY PRESTON:&nbsp; The Canyon Hotel was Yellowstone’s largest, from 1910, until 1960. It was created by Old Faithful Inn architect Robert Reamer.&nbsp;</p><p>ROBERT REAMER:&nbsp; “My parents used to like to go up there and have dinner.”</p> Fri, 30 May 2014 22:21:03 +0000 Penny Preston 59126 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Xanterra Changes Will Impact Cody Tourism How The National Parks Can Save Our View Of The Stars http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/how-national-parks-can-save-our-view-stars <p>An exhibit opening this weekend at the University of Wyoming Art Museum is among the first major displays of astrophotography as art.<strong> <a href="http://www.uwyo.edu/artmuseum/_files/exhibition_archives/2014/starstruck.html" target="_blank">‘Starstruck: The Fine Art of Astrophotography’</a></strong> is a dazzling exhibition, ranging from night skies and landscapes to deep space photography.</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 21:23:21 +0000 Micah Schweizer 56703 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org How The National Parks Can Save Our View Of The Stars National Parks Could See More Money http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/national-parks-could-see-more-money <p>President Obama wants to add 55 million dollars to the National Park Service budget, including ten million dollars to get parks ready for their centennial celebration in 2016.&nbsp;&nbsp; John Garder with the National Parks Conservation Association says the money is needed to address billions of dollars in&nbsp;maintenance.</p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 20:25:55 +0000 Bob Beck 56451 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org National Parks Could See More Money National Parks Bring In Millions For Wyoming http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/national-parks-bring-millions-wyoming <p>A <a href="http://www.nature.nps.gov/socialscience/economics.cfm?utm_source=statenewsrelease&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=EconomicBenefitsReport2014">report</a> by the National Park Service indicates that parks are major economic drivers for surrounding communities.</p><p></p><p>The report shows that park visitation generated more than $700 million in Wyoming in 2012 and supported thousands of jobs and local businesses. Nation-wide, tourists spent more than $26 billion when visiting parks.</p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 20:15:30 +0000 Willow Belden 54780 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org National Parks Bring In Millions For Wyoming Yellowstone says remote vaccination for bison would be costly http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/yellowstone-says-remote-vaccination-bison-would-be-costly <p>The National Park Service does not wish to start using air guns to vaccinate Yellowstone bison for Brucellosis.</p><p>Brucellosis is a disease that can cause bison and other large animals to abort their calves. Currently, the park only vaccinates bison when they leave the park, and even then, only a few animals are vaccinated. But Park Spokesman Al Nash says after some legal disputes regarding bison management over a decade ago, Yellowstone agreed to look into new options.</p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 00:24:18 +0000 Willow Belden 52630 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Yellowstone says remote vaccination for bison would be costly Well-known Wyoming newspaper columnist writes and talks about the wonders of Wyoming http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/well-known-wyoming-newspaper-columnist-writes-and-talks-about-wonders-wyoming <p>Bill Sniffin is a journalist and entrepreneur who has lived in Wyoming for 42 years.&nbsp; He has received acclaim far and wide for his work.&nbsp; In his newest book, <em>Wyoming's 7 Greatest Natural Wonders</em>, we discover his love affair with Wyoming's many fascinating places he set out to discover.</p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 22:17:11 +0000 Emy DiGrappa 52564 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Well-known Wyoming newspaper columnist writes and talks about the wonders of Wyoming Wyoming Snowmobile Trail Ranked Fifth in the West http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-snowmobile-trail-ranked-fifth-west <p>Snowest Magazine has ranked the Continental Divide&nbsp;Snowmobile&nbsp;Trail the&nbsp;fifth best&nbsp;trail&nbsp;in the West.&nbsp; Wyoming State&nbsp;Trails&nbsp;Program’s&nbsp;Ron McKinney says the reason the Continental Divide&nbsp;Trail&nbsp;is so popular is that it offers 490 miles of very diverse mountain riding.&nbsp; The&nbsp;trail&nbsp;starts at South Pass and ends at West Yellowstone.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 25 Dec 2013 01:37:23 +0000 Melodie Edwards 51781 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming Snowmobile Trail Ranked Fifth in the West Wyoming Stories: Ruth Michels remembers a Yellowstone bear encounter http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-stories-ruth-michels-remembers-yellowstone-bear-encounter <p>Ruth Michels lives in Cody, but she grew up in Laramie. Here, she remembers a childhood encounter with a black bear at Yellowstone National Park.</p> Fri, 08 Nov 2013 22:41:47 +0000 Sydney Dalis & Micah Schweizer 49634 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming Stories: Ruth Michels remembers a Yellowstone bear encounter Yellowstone’s new winter use rule appeases sportsmen and conservationists alike http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/yellowstone-s-new-winter-use-rule-appeases-sportsmen-and-conservationists-alike <p>Warm weather tourist traffic is winding down in Yellowstone National Park, and they’re getting ready for winter tourists. The National Park Services bans over-snow vehicles in all national parks, unless individual parks pass rules permitting and regulating them.</p> Fri, 25 Oct 2013 22:09:16 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 48951 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Yellowstone’s new winter use rule appeases sportsmen and conservationists alike Yellowstone releases winter use rule; conservationists approve http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/yellowstone-releases-winter-use-rule-conservationists-approve <p>The National Park Service has released Yellowstone National Park’s winter use rule. After 15 years of gathering public feedback and scientific data, the new rule will govern how many over-snow vehicles will be allowed in the park.</p><p>Instead of capping traffic with a specific number, the new rule will allow 110 “transportation events” a day, broken down up to 60 snow coach excursions, and 50 snowmobile groups.</p> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 23:16:44 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 48775 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Yellowstone releases winter use rule; conservationists approve Communities near parks hope end of shutdown will mean uptick in business http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/communities-near-parks-hope-end-shutdown-will-mean-uptick-business <p>Now that the government shutdown is over, Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks have re-opened, and local communities are hoping business will pick up again.</p><p>Scott Balyo with the Cody Country Chamber of Commerce says the area saw a 25 to 30 percent drop in business while the parks were closed.</p><p>“The first couple of days of the shutdown, we probably saw a slight increase in business, because people were hopeful that it would be short lived,” Balyo said. “So we had people who were willing to stay in the area and wait and see if the park would reopen.”</p> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 00:53:37 +0000 Willow Belden 48546 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Communities near parks hope end of shutdown will mean uptick in business Closed parks ticket unlawful visitors http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/closed-parks-ticket-unlawful-visitors <p></p> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 00:13:08 +0000 Jordan Harper 48162 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Closed parks ticket unlawful visitors Tourists and workers disgruntled over park closures http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/tourists-and-workers-disgruntled-over-park-closures <p>HOST INTRO: As the government shutdown continues, the impacts are evident in Teton County where the economy is closely tied to federal lands and federal workers. Rebecca Huntington has more from Jackson.&nbsp;</p><p>REBECCA HUNTINGTON: Foreign visitors inspect a three-D model of Jackson Hole and use the public restrooms at the Home Ranch welcome center, located on the main highway to Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks. This is where the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce has set up a temporary table to help tourists locked out of national parks by the government shutdown.</p> Fri, 04 Oct 2013 15:40:58 +0000 Rebecca Huntington 47905 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Tourists and workers disgruntled over park closures Yellowstone overhauls visitor center near Mammoth Hot Springs http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/yellowstone-overhauls-visitor-center-near-mammoth-hot-springs <p></p> Fri, 27 Sep 2013 23:47:08 +0000 Jordan Harper 47601 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Yellowstone overhauls visitor center near Mammoth Hot Springs Scarce pine seeds boost chance of bear encounters http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/scarce-pine-seeds-boost-chance-bear-encounters <p></p><p></p> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 23:26:13 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 45854 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Scarce pine seeds boost chance of bear encounters Wildlife deaths up on Yellowstone and Grand Teton park roads http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wildlife-deaths-yellowstone-and-grand-teton-park-roads <p>Wildlife deaths from vehicle collisions are on the rise in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. That’s according to records obtained by the group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility.</p><p>The group’s executive director, Jeff Ruch, says one of the reasons , at least in Yellowstone, could be road improvements.</p><p>“Yellowstone designs its road projects for basically commuting into the park,” says Ruch. “They’ve invested a lot of money in recent years into making roads wider and straighter.”</p> Tue, 30 Jul 2013 12:24:05 +0000 Willow Belden 44527 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wildlife deaths up on Yellowstone and Grand Teton park roads Wyoming author recounts memories of nine winters in Yellowstone http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-author-recounts-memories-nine-winters-yellowstone <p>Although millions of visitors will flock to Yellowstone National Park this summer, Atlantic City-based author and journalist Marjane Ambler is one of the few people who’s lived there when the park is buried in snow.</p><p>The former High Country news editor lived with her husband – who drove a snow plow – inside Yellowstone for nine winters during the 1980s and 90s. In her new book, “Yellowstone has Teeth,” Ambler recounts stories of terror and wonder during her time there. She talks with Wyoming Public Radio’s Rebecca Martinez in the studio.</p> Fri, 19 Jul 2013 21:37:45 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 44036 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming author recounts memories of nine winters in Yellowstone Study examines reasons behind decline in migratory elk calves http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/study-examines-reasons-behind-decline-migratory-elk-calves <p>Since the 1990s, elk that migrate between Yellowstone National Park and Cody have been raising fewer calves. But the elk that stay in the foothills near Cody year round and <em>don’t</em> migrate have been doing very well. A new study looks at why that’s the case. Wyoming Public Radio’s Willow Belden spoke with the lead author on the report, Arthur Middleton. He says they spent years looking at the elk’s predators and habitat, and how those corresponded to elk pregnancies and overall wellbeing.</p> Fri, 07 Jun 2013 21:52:13 +0000 Willow Belden 41978 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Study examines reasons behind decline in migratory elk calves Experts will gather to create all-encompassing report about Old Faithful geothermal system http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/experts-will-gather-create-all-encompassing-report-about-old-faithful-geothermal-system <p></p><p></p><p>Yellowstone National Park has invited acclaimed geological experts from around the world to discuss Old Faithful’s geothermal system, and file a report on what is – and is <em>not yet</em> – known about it.</p><p></p><p>Park personnel will also speak about the needs of tourists, historic buildings and other infrastructure.</p><p></p><p>Park Geologist Hank Heasler says the goal is to create a report that will help park managers decide what to look at when considering future infrastructure management plans.</p><p></p> Wed, 29 May 2013 23:31:23 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 41503 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Experts will gather to create all-encompassing report about Old Faithful geothermal system Regional conservation effort will benefit trumpter swans http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/regional-conservation-effort-will-benefit-trumpter-swans <p>Wildlife interest groups and agencies in Wyoming and Idaho are working to increase the populations of trumpeter swans in the region. Loss of habitat has limited numbers within the species. The Teton Regional Land Trust is working with the Wyoming Wetland Society, local offices of US Fish and Wildlife Services, and the Idaho Fish and Game departments to build a nesting colony in Teton valley.</p> Thu, 02 May 2013 23:00:01 +0000 Chelsea Biondolillo 40215 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Regional conservation effort will benefit trumpter swans Effort to raise money for plowing road to Yellowstone is underway in Cody http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/effort-raise-money-plowing-road-yellowstone-underway-cody <p></p><p>The Cody Chamber of Commerce is trying to raise 50 thousand dollars to be used to pay for snow plows to clear off the east entrance into Yellowstone National Park.&nbsp;</p><p>Park officials have said they needed to delay the plowing due to federal budget cuts and that would likely mean delaying the opening of Yellowstone by two weeks.&nbsp;&nbsp; Chamber Director Scott Balyo says it’s a serious issue for the Cody business community.</p> Fri, 15 Mar 2013 00:26:28 +0000 Bob Beck 38014 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Effort to raise money for plowing road to Yellowstone is underway in Cody Communities looking into raising money for plowing http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/communities-looking-raising-money-plowing-0 <p>Gov. Matt Mead is telling communities in northwest Wyoming to go ahead and raise money to hire state snow plows to clear roads inside Yellowstone National Park.<br>&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Spring plowing in Yellowstone is postponed due to federal budget cuts. Plowing was scheduled to begin March 4 but is delayed two weeks to save money.<br>&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Business owners outside Yellowstone fret that Yellowstone won't fully open to automobiles until one to two weeks later than usual this May. Officials in Cody and Jackson have been discussing other options. Wed, 13 Mar 2013 00:32:46 +0000 Bob Beck 37901 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Communities looking into raising money for plowing Communities looking into raising money for plowing http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/communities-looking-raising-money-plowing <p>Gov. Matt Mead is telling communities in northwest Wyoming to go ahead and raise money to hire state snow plows to clear roads inside Yellowstone National Park.<br>&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Spring plowing in Yellowstone is postponed due to federal budget cuts. Plowing was scheduled to begin March 4 but is delayed two weeks to save money.<br>&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Business owners outside Yellowstone fret that Yellowstone won't fully open to automobiles until one to two weeks later than usual this May. Officials in Cody and Jackson have been discussing other options. Wed, 13 Mar 2013 00:32:44 +0000 Bob Beck 37900 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Communities looking into raising money for plowing Yellowstone National Park releases new winter use plan http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/yellowstone-national-park-releases-new-winter-use-plan <p>Winter visitors to Yellowstone National Park may soon get to explore the park on self-guided snowmobile tours, according to the new proposed Winter Use Plan released today.</p><p>The plan includes guidelines for how many visitors can enter the park on snowmobiles and snow coaches, and also allows for visitors to tour the park without a professional guide, which is currently required.</p><p>However, Park Superintendent Dan Wenk says that participants of non-commercially guided tours will still have to meet minimum standards.</p> Sat, 23 Feb 2013 00:56:53 +0000 Chelsea Biondolillo 37083 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Yellowstone National Park releases new winter use plan Yellowstone's new hydroelectric plant is up and running http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/yellowstones-new-hydroelectric-plant-and-running <p></p><p></p><p>Yellowstone National Park is now generating one third of its electricity from a hydroelectric facility.&nbsp; Located near the Mammoth Hot Springs Headquarters, the plant’s engineers estimate that it will save the Park about $70,000 a year. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Park spokesman, Dan Hottle, says that the hydroelectric plant will also be good for the environment. &nbsp;</p><p></p><p>“This is one example,” Hottle says, “of a project where we were able to cut our greenhouse emissions by almost 800 metric tons every year.”</p><p></p> Tue, 05 Feb 2013 01:24:44 +0000 Luke Hammons & Chelsea Biondolillo 36217 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Yellowstone's new hydroelectric plant is up and running Yellowstone Public Hearings Discuss Snowmobiles and Sylvan Pass http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/yellowstone-public-hearings-discuss-snowmobiles-and-sylvan-pass <p>Yellowstone National Park officials are trotting out their latest proposed winter use plan for public comment this week.&nbsp; The plan describes how park officials believe they can increase the number of snowmobiles per day into the Park, while reducing environmental impacts.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 17 Jul 2012 00:08:35 +0000 Bob Beck 27051 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Yellowstone Public Hearings Discuss Snowmobiles and Sylvan Pass New Plan Allows More Snowmobiles In Yellowstone http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/new-plan-allows-more-snowmobiles-yellowstone <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Yellowstone National Park officials have released the park&rsquo;s latest winter use plan, which increases the number of snowmobiles that will be allowed in the park.&nbsp;</p><p>The plan would allow 60 snow coaches, but increase the maximum number of snowmobiles from the current limit of 318 up to 480.&nbsp; It&rsquo;s the seventh time that Yellowstone has released an environmental document on what has become a controversial issue.&nbsp; Environmental groups have called for the elimination of snowmobiles inside Yellowstone.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 05 Jul 2012 22:47:42 +0000 Bob Beck 26579 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org New Plan Allows More Snowmobiles In Yellowstone